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Samuel Rusch (abt. 1689 - bef. 1798)

Samuel Rusch
Born about in Wulkenzin, Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died before at about age 109 in Grimm, Saratov, Russiamap
Profile last modified | Created 10 Jul 2016
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Volga German
Samuel Rusch was a Volga German.
Samuel Rusch has German Roots.

Family #22 in the 1767 Grimm census.

Family #106 in the 1775 Grimm census.

Birth Date and Place

  • about 1689
  • Pommern, Mecklenburg, Germany




Death Date and Place

  • before 1798
  • Grimm, Saratov, Russia

Samuel Rusch was born about 1689 in the Pommern area of what is now Germany. I have not yet identified documents that confirm his birth date, place, and parents.

Samuel married Anna Margaretha, last name unknown for now, and the couple had four children born before 1766. That year, Samuel and his family immigrated from Germany to Russia. They are in the Kulberg Lists, identified as arriving in Russia on 30 September 1766, the last group of German immigrants brought to Russia who were relocated to the Volga region of that country.

Kulberg Lists [1]

Rusch Samuel, Lutheran, farmer from Mecklenburg, document number 7455, wife Anna; children: Georg, age 9, Christian, 9 months old, Helena, age 20, and Catherina, age 8.

1767 Grimm Census [2]

In this record, a son Friedrich, age 18, is named. He would have been 17 in 1766 and should have appeared in the Kulberg Lists, but is missing. Daughter Helena is missing and probably was married and living in another household. Catharina is missing, unless her full name was Catharina Maria Dorothea.

The ages of the children are off, but the family probably only gave approximate ages to those collecting personal data.

Family # 22
Head of the Household Samuel Rusch, age 68, Lutheran farmer from Pommern
Spouse Anna Margaretha, age 41
Child #1 Friedrich, age 18
Child #2 Johann Georg, age 12 [should have been 10]
Child #3 Christian, age 4 [should have been 2]
Child #4 Dorothea, age 10 [if Catharina Maria Dorothea, should have been 9]

Note that there was a gap of about 10 years between son Friedrich and the next oldest child, Johann Georg. There were most likely other children born during that time but are not listed here for one reason or another. But a daughter named Anna Dorothea could very well have been born in 1746 or 1747, the woman who married Johann Peter Heide and is listed in his family in the 1767 census. The Heide family lived next door to Samuel Rusch at the time of the 1767 census.

1775 Grimm Census [3]

Family # 22
Head of the Household Samuel Rusch, age 86
Spouse Anna Margaretha, age 56
Child #1 Johann Georg, age 17 years 6 months
Child #2 Christian, age 12
Child #3 Katarina Maria, age 16

Note that daughter Katarina Maria did not appear in the 1767 census, where she should have been identified at age 8. However, daughter Dorothea does appear in the 1767 census at age 10, but not in the 1775 census. Could these be the same person, either misidentified or with three names instead of two, as in Katharina Maria Dorothea?

Samuel Rusch does not appear in the 1798 Grimm census, and he had probably passed away. Had he survived, he would have been 109, which was not likely. He probably passed away closer to 1775, when he was 86, than to 1798.


  1. Pleve, Igor. List of Colonists to Russia in 1766, "Reports by Ivan Kulberg," Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation, Saratov State Technical University; Published in Saratov, Russia 2010; page 442, Samuel Rusch, Lutheran farmer from Mecklenburg, document number 7455, wife Anna, and children Georg, age 9, Christian, age 9 months, Helena, age 20, and Catharina, age 8.
  2. Pleve, Igor. Einwanderung in das Wolgagebiet 1764-1767, Herausgegeben von Alfred Eisfeld under Mitarbeit von Sabine Eichwald, Published by the Nordost-Instsitut - 38085 Göttingen, 2005; page 76, family #22, Samuel Rusch, age 68, Lutheran Farmer from Pommern; wife: Anna Margaretha, age 41; son Friedrich, age 18; son Johann Georg, age 12; son Christian, age 4; daughter Dorothea, age 10.
  3. The 1775 and 1798 Census of the German Colony on the Volga, Lesnoy Karamysh, also known as Grimm; Published by the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Published date: 1995; family #106, Samuel Rusch, age 86; wife Anna Margareta, age 56, Johann Georg, age 17 years 6 months, Christian, age 12, and Katarina Maria, age 16.

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